Unease, Adoption, and the Telegraph

Our predictable unease with new technologies is almost as charming as our Meh, whatever... capacity to quickly ignore said unease and get on with becoming wildly dependent on the new, new thing. That is why Pessimists Archive is one of my favorite regular audio listens, with its focus on our perpetual cycles of unease and adoption. And the latest installment is a very good one. It's on our fears at the dawn of the telegraph, how it led to the same concerns we have today about information overload, frivolous communications, loss of privacy, and moral corruption. Granted, it kinda did, alongside the interweb, but that never stopped we plucky adopters of new technologies. (As an aside on this episode, it comes with an excellent reading list.)


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